Ultraman is one of the most iconic figures to come from Japan. First appearing in 1966’s “The Birth of Ultraman,” the character has gone on to appear in live-action, animated, manga, and comic book form, even crossing over with properties like Kamen Rider.
In a press release, Netflix announced a partnership with Tsuburaya Productions to create a new CGI animated film based on Ultraman.
According to the official synopsis, “Baseball superstar Ken Sato returns to his home country of Japan to pick up the mantle of Earth-defending superhero Ultraman, but quickly finds more than he bargained for when he’s forced to raise the offspring of his greatest foe, a newborn Kaiju. Struggling to balance the roles of teammate and new father, Ken must confront his own ego, his estranged father, and the conniving Kaiju Defense Force to rise up and discover what it truly means to be Ultraman.”
This will be the second Ultraman iteration Netflix has produced following the second season of the anime-style television show.
Film director Shannon Tindle said, “Making this film is a dream come true. What began as an original story inspired by my love for Eiji Tsuburaya’s Ultraman somehow became an actual Ultraman film thanks to the incredible trust of the team at Tsuburaya Productions, and the support of the folks at Netflix Animation. We’ve assembled an all-star team and I can’t wait to share our unique take on Ultraman with the rest of the world.”
Tsuburaya Productions CEO Takayuki Tsukagoshi added, “Ultraman was born in Japan 55 years ago. This partnership with Netflix will be the first full-scale endeavor to reach the global market for Tsuburaya Productions. Ultraman, since it was created, has charmed many people around the world. And Shannon Tindle is one of those people. He was greatly influenced by Ultraman as a child, and he grew up to become a creator himself. I am delighted that families around the world will be able to watch Shannon and his team’s vision for Ultraman on Netflix and foster feelings of courage, hope and kindness.”
As stated earlier, the character appeared in the 1996 self-titled show where Japanese Earth defender Shin Hayata, played by Susumu Kurobe, would transform into Ultraman, played by Bin Furuya, to defend Japan against kaiju.
Ultraman was an alien from another planet who merged with Hayata in order to protect the Earth before he was recalled and replaced with a second Ultraman.
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